Braydon Gaspar Mrs. Harnett English 1, Period 4 September 19, 2016 The Power of Choice in The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant In the story "The Bass, the River and Sheila Mant" by W.D. Wetherall, the narrator acts like someone he 's not to impress a girl. The narrator had been waiting the whole summer to ask out Sheila Mant. Every day he observes her moods and her actions on the lake. When he finally got the guts to ask her out she, said "yes" and they went to a concert.
In the beginning of the story the protagonist stated, “I never went anywhere that summer without a fishing rod.” (Page 1). The author uses the fishing rod as a symbol to represent who this fourteen year old boy is and what he does. The author only mentions this fourteen year old boy and his crush on Sheila, not his parents. Later in the story, when this boy finally asks his neighbor Sheila out on a date, on Page 2 it stated, “I got in the canoe early and started paddling in a huge circle.” The author uses the scenery to show this young man on his own and not needing his parents as a taxi. As the story continues the boy is forced to make a decision, he needs to chose between a girl and fishing.
While I was getting my stuff my dad called his friend Jimmy and asked if he wanted to come as well. He said yes, but he will be coming later. I brought my fishing stuff to my dad’s car when I realized he brought his old fishing pole out. I asked him, “Why are you bringing that fishing pole?” I only asked this because it was over 15 years old. He said, “This fishing pole is really good for catching bigger fish.” I didn’t argue with him simply because it was his fishing pole.
The men have some major snags accepting his story and request that he let them know reality. Pi recounts a second story that straightforwardly reflects his to begin with, however rather than animals; he is stranded on the raft with his mom, a cook, and a mariner. The similitudes between the two stories make it clear that his mom represents Orange Juice, Pi represents Richard Parker, the mariner represents the zebra and the cook represents to the hyena. While both book and film have the same consummation, their tones are much distinctive and can lead the gathering of people to diverse conclusions. In the novel, Pi seems irritated with the two men and practically appears to recount to them the story so hopefully they will allow him to sit unbothered.
I am reading “The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant” by W.D Wetherell, and I am on page 5. This short story is about a boy, the narrator, that has a crush on a girl, Sheila Mant. He learns little details about her as he observes and analysis her. As the summer goes on, he finally makes the decision to ask her out on a date, soon he would face a challenge that, at that time, must have been the hardest decision he’s ever had to make. Being compelled to choose between getting the girl, or catching a bass that would have been considered the biggest catch.
One of the main symbols that was used many times in this film was the “Big Fish.” Multiple times in this film talks about the big fish that he caught and we can link it to many things throughout the movie. One of the things that the big fish symbolizes would be his wife. He talks about how many times that it took him to catch this fish and it also took numerous times to get his wife to see him and to love him but eventually she fell just as in love with him as he was with her from the moment he saw her. Another symbol displayed in the movies was with the master in the circus. It shows him as being a werewolf but as we later learn he never was.
Instead of hunting for pool deck runners, he hunts for Mark Twain’s themes in Tom Sawyer. Instead of practicing CPR for hours, he practices his pin-point dive repeatedly for a race at the sectional meet. Instead of memorizing the steps of drowning, he memorizes the derivative of sin and cosine. It is the same qualities, but different setting. He’s the same person, but different name.
The teenage narrator (WB) of ‘The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant,’ and the narrator (Alice) in ‘Boys and Girls’ experience the journey to discovering their own identity. As they mature, they become accustomed to comfortable with their identity. WB struggled with whether to impress a girl or catch a rare big bass in the lake. Alice struggled on whether to conform to her family’s expectations and on what culture says or act out upon her morals. Reaching the end of both stories, both narrators comes to a realization, WB realizing how his passion is worth more than impressing a temporal girl, while Alice realizes that she is subconsciously conforming to her gender stereotype.
I was taught to cast a fishing line and how to handle a 12 gauge shotgun by my father and my Uncle Joe. We’d spend countless hours fishing for trout, but most of our time went towards duck hunting and it is still the best way for me to relax and clear my mind. Duck hunting is a very social kind of hunt and that means it calms my spirit. Hunters experience nature in such a way that they become part of it, and when that experience is shared with another human, it forms a bond like no other. Some of the best conversations I’ve ever had took place sitting in a duck blind, waiting for the ducks to fly overhead.
In the movie Moonlight, the significance of water in Chiron’s life appears multiple times, like his christening experience when learning how to swim, to dipping his head into ice water, to his first sexual experience with Kevin by the ocean. While growing up, Chiron had been found by Juan, his mother's drug dealer. Although Juan was supplying to his mother, He and his girlfriend Theresa had befriended chiron and had cared for him. Chiron, realizing that Juan had been a cause for the trouble in his life at home, had caused somewhat of an internal conflict, but he had continued to grow affection for Juan after time. After an argument between Chiron and his mother, he had asked Juan “What’s a faggot?”.